Changed by the Babe in the manger

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2013
Mass at Dawn
Isa 62:11-12; Ps 97; Tit 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20

Last night, at Midnight Mass, we heard some of the central events of that first Christmas Night.

  • How the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem because of a government census; and there was no room for them in the inn; and so Mary gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a manger.
  • And how, not far from there, some shepherds were keeping the night watch over their flock. And then they were surprised by the appearance of an angel, who declared to them the news: (more…)

La noticia buena e inquietante de la Resurrección

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Domingo de Pascua de la Resurrección del Señor:
31 Marzo 2013

Hch 10, 34.37-43; Sal 117; Col 3, 1-4; Lc 24, 13-35

Imagine por un momento qué habría pasado si la resurrección no hubiera ocurrido. En ese caso, cuando llegaron las mujeres al sepulcro muy de mañana, llevando sus perfumes, habrían encontrado la piedra todavía sentada firmemente en frente del sepulcro; y habrían tenido que encontrar a algunas personas para ayudarles a retirarla; y entonces habrían ungido el cuerpo muerto de Jesús. Habría sido una escena triste y depresiva: las mujeres, lamentando este profeta de Galilea, que había ido pasando haciendo el bien, sanando a muchos—ahora sólo otra víctima, traicionado por sus compatriotas y aplastado por el imperio. (more…)

The uncomfortable good news of the Resurrection

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord:
March 31, 2013

Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4; Luke 24:1-12

Imagine for a moment that the resurrection didn’t happen. In that case, when the women went to the tomb at daybreak carrying their spices, they would have found the stone firmly in front of the entrance; they would have had to find some people to help them to roll it away; and they would have anointed the dead body of Jesus. It would have been a sad, depressing scene: the women, sorrowing over this prophet from Galilee, who had gone about doing good and healing many—now just one more victim, betrayed by his countrymen and crushed by the empire. (more…)

The great unexpected overlap of the Resurrection

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Easter Sunday: April 8, 2012
Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9

They did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. Standing right there in the empty tomb, where just hours earlier the most extraordinary event had happened—Jesus Christ had risen from the dead—they did not understand.

And for good reason. First, they were traumatized. Not 72 hours before, they had seen this great teacher and healer, who they had followed for years, captured and dragged away to be falsely accused and condemned to a horrible death by the authorities. They were scarred, and afraid for their own lives. How could they understand?

Second, they knew, like we do, that dead people don’t just get up and walk around again. (more…)